This section is dedicated to the good, the bad and the ugly of politics; inherently, mostly the bad and the ugly.  At 13 Shades of Grey, the intent is to equally distribute ridicule, anomosity, ire and sarcasm among the entire spectrum of politics and those who make a living in pandering to the masses for a living.  Fierce aim will be given to those that lead us to believe in their infallibility or that their platform is inspired–and supported–by a higher power.

While there is no bias toward any individual or party, certain factions of the political landscape  stand above others and beg for public lambasting.  We will honor that wish.

Below are article summaries; click on the links to read the full stories.

Holy Wars: The Republican Presidential Primary Campaign
By Troy Beckman
August 16, 2011

Image of Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney

It is 2011 and Republicans have renewed their perpetual Holy War to capture the throne of America. Don’t worry, ladies and gentlemen. I am happy to report that yet again, nothing has changed. The most evident sign of American campaign politics staying the course is this weekend’s Republican Presidential Primary Campaign launched by virtue of the Iowa Straw Poll, and more importantly, by the grace of God Almighty Himself.

As a voter and so-called participant in American “democracy” (I use that term lightly), I have been served sobering results in presidential campaigns time and time again. My losing track record at the voting booth has driven my faith in American politics and the idea of active participation in democracy into oblivion. Moreover, I am always amused when candidates beckon the voting public to put their trust and hopes onto their shoulders so they may mount the mythical winged white horse and ascend to divine status as Lord and Savior of the United States of America.

So without further ado…let’s meet the candidates.

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Elections 2010: Satanic Witchcraft vs. Marxism
Delaware Senate race to showcase epic battle between good and evil
By Troy Beckman
September 27, 2010

In case you haven’t noticed, the never-ending cycle of campaign politics is rearing its ugly head yet again in our beloved United States of America.  Much like the previous decade of dualistic political struggle, it is another exercise in snake oil sales and soothsaying—a tired act that only masks the candidates’ true intentions as they jockey for position to wrap their bloated sausage fingers around the withering teat of our nation’s cash flow.  A flow, mind you, comprised of hundreds of billions of dollars in payday loans from our friends in communist China.

The race for one of Delaware’s seats in the U.S. Senate promises to offer a close-up look at the universal struggle between Good and Evil, or Republicans (or a Tea Partier who is really a Republican in disguise) vs. Democrats.  However, the roles are completely redefined in this latest clash, where the Great Satan is now manifest in a Republican form, but faces an evil even greater than Lucifer himself—a Marxist.

Photo of Satan and Karl Marx

Satan (left) and Karl Marx (right) square off in a battle of who is the greater evil. According to Fox News reports, Marx and his proponents have just taken over the universe's No. 1 rank of Supreme Being of Evil from Satan.

Before we get to the Main Event, let’s take a look at the Tale of the Tape.

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